The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #15

#15-Give them Keys That Open Doors

It may seem like a small thing in the vast array of things that we teach our children but something as simple as manners can help them be chosen by a future employee.  Simple etiquette will make a teen or young adult stand out from among their peers, even when interviewing for a job.

There are several small things that we can do to train our children in this area.  It can even start with toddlers but thankfully this is an area that is never too late to focus on.  Simply teaching your child to say please and thank you can do wonders.  Basic table manners is also an invaluable tool that will help your child in many areas from dating to dining out with clients.

A few other simple but valuable etiquette tools to teach your child are looking people in the eyes and having a proper response to people.  Teaching your child to look someone in the eye when they are talking communicates not only confidence but respect.  Another thing that communicates respect is the “yes sir/ma’am” and “no sir/ma’am”.  Basic manners will be something that sets your child apart from the rest.